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Sonoran Congress Approves Law Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags

A new law passed this week in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, aims to crack down on the use of single-use plastic in part by banning non-biodegradable plastic bags.

Sonoran lawmakers unanimously approved new regulations on the production, handling and disposal of waste, particularly single-use plastics.

The law bans the use of most plastic bags for restaurants, supermarkets, department stores and other businesses across the state, and requires them to incentivize the use of reusable bags.

There will be sanctions including fines for those who break the new rules, as well as financial incentives to help industries move toward more sustainable products.

The law requires all state and local entities to implement and promote the measures, which also include new requirements for trash disposal, separation and recycling.

The law is set to go into effect next year, and lawmakers say changes will be implemented gradually.

Last year, Mexico City has implemented a similar ban.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.